Villa Camilla

PUGLIA

Santa Maria di Leuca

  • 8 Sleeps
  • 4  Bedrooms
  • 4  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A beautifully finished contemporary villa with pool near the long sandy beaches and charming villages of Salento's deep south.

Contemporary, geometric, luxurious and minimalist, but with evident roots in Puglia's traditional architectural vernacular, Villa Camilla's stone and glass façade rises unobtrusively from its charming grounds, gazing out to where the Ionian and the Adriatic seas meet.

Culinary experiences at Villa Camilla with your own private in-villa chef

"The garden area at Villa Camilla was very tranquil and beautifully landscaped. The pool area was cared for immaculately and the standard of sunbeds are exceptional." GB, UK, September 2018

Villa Camilla in the press:
The Telegraph, April 2018

Internet Connections Explained

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All The Thinking Traveller's villas have some kind of Internet facility and, where possible, we try to ensure that this is an ADSL broadband Wi-Fi connection.

However, some rural areas and those far from the main towns and cities have not yet been connected to the high-speed broadband network. Therefore, in some of our villas we offer an alternative type of connection (specified in the amenities table of each individual villa page). 

Please note that although we work very hard to provide reliable internet service at our villas, these services are potentially erratic and can fail due to network failures completely out of our control. We regret that we cannot accept responsibility for loss of connection due to such network failures.

Here is some information about the most common connection types:

ADSL Broadband

This is by far the fastest and most reliable connection type available and uses traditional copper wires. In the UK, ADSL is most commonly referred to as broadband. It is suitable for most surfing requirements. Generally an ADSL line is only available within two miles of a telephone exchange, so in rural or more remote areas it usually not available.

An ADSL Internet connection in a villa can then be distributed using a Wi-Fi router, allowing a wireless connection with one or more device, or by a cable, which can be plugged into most laptops.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with an ADSL broadband connection.


3G WiFi Internet routers

In some of our villas, 3G Wi-Fi Internet connections are provided by a small router unit that uses the 3G mobile network, similar to that used by many mobile phones. The unit receives the signal and retransmits it wirelessly making it possible for a few devices to connect at the same time. 3G Wi-Fi units work best in the immediate area around them (i.e. they won’t create a Wi-Fi environment throughout the entire villa) and so the best connection will be within close range of the unit, usually in the same room.

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

Please note that 3G Wi-Fi is provided for basic Internet browsing and checking of email only. Guests are requested not to download large files such as movies or make Skype video calls, as most units have a maximum monthly data usage of 10Gb.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL connection. 

 

Mobile Broadband Internet Dongles/Keys

Dongles, or Internet keys, can be slotted into a USB port on your computer and use a data SIM card to connect to a 3G or other data network, normally supplied by mobile phone networks. At the villas where this is provided, clients are usually requested to buy their own data SIM card and top up as they go (details of where and how to purchase one are provided in the House Guide you will receive before departure).

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL conection. 


WiMAX / Satellite connections

WiMAX and satellite Internet connections have performance levels similar to cabled ADSL hi-speed Internet connections. Wi-Fi access within the property is provided by a special modem-router. WiMAX and Satellite connections are present in our villas when there is no normal cabled broadband infrastructure in the area (still quite common in more remote areas). These kind of connections may be affected by atmospheric conditions, however, so we cannot guarantee that the signal will be as constant as cabled connections. The connection speed of this type connection in our Ionian Island villas is a little slower and comes with a limit of Mbs, so guests are requested not to download large files, stream films or use Skype to make calls.


Connecting to the Internet abroad using your smartphone or tablet (roaming)

As of June 2017, there are no roaming charges for EU citizens (with an EU provider) travelling within the EU. 

If you are travelling from outside the EU and wish to use your smartphone or tablet while on holiday, here are a few tips for cutting down on foreign data-roaming charges:

The first thing to do is to check with your provider to see if there are any special deals available (there's usually something on offer). You should also make sure your phone is unlocked (you can ask your operator to do this) if you wish to buy a foreign SIM card while you're away.

If there are no suitable deals available from your operator (and your phone/tablet has been unlocked), we recommend you buy a local prepaid data SIM card (details of where and how can be found in your House Guide). It might also be useful to bring a cheap handset, put your UK SIM into the cheap handset and the local data SIM into your smartphone, so that any data you access will be charged at the local rate. If you do buy a local SIM, most smart phones can then be used to provide a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing data access for up to five devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Finally, when abroad, switch off 3G, switch off ‘data roaming’ on iPhones or switch the priority to Wi-Fi rather than 3G on Symbian devices, thus avoiding charges when your phone attempts to access emails.

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Amenities

  • Accommodates (max)  8
  • Bedrooms  4
  • Double beds  3
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  18x6.5
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven ¹
  • Barbecue 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Private Parking 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ only available for use in the presence of a pizzaiolo. Why not let us arrange for a pizza chef to make your pizzas for you?

 

Inside: accommodation at Villa Camilla is all on one floor. A large sliding glass door opens into a voluminous, well-laid out, open-concept space comprising a kitchen diner and a cosy sitting area with a voluminous lounging sofa and TV. A pair of large, right-angled sliding glass windows bring in the garden and sea views and offer access to a terrace and the grounds beyond. The contemporary, minimalist kitchen has a central island and wall-to-wall cupboards, with the bare minimum on show. This aesthetic of order and pared-back, Zen-inspired simplicity runs throughout the property, with polished concrete floors, designer furnishings a fixtures and fittings and a low key palette of whites, greys, browns and blues all contributing harmoniously to the effect. A door in the living area leads into the first bedroom, a double-twin with en-suite shower room and a large window looking out over the gardens. Back in the open-concept communal area, a door to the right of the kitchen leads into a vestibule, off which is a double bedroom with en-suite shower room and views of and access to the gardens, a shared shower room, and a second double bedroom with access to the surrounding gardens and a large picture window looking out to sea. Finally, a door to the left of the kitchen accesses the fourth and final bedroom, a double with a huge floor-to-ceiling picture window looking out to sea, access to the sea-view terrace, and an en-suite shower room.

Outside: the grounds and gardens of Villa Camilla could hardly be more Salentine: whispering olive trees sway in the sea breeze, low-lying aromatic plants and shrubs scent the air, dry stone walls crisscross the sun-baked red earth, and the remains of an antique rotund pajara add a touch of history and a sense of place. The accommodation at Villa Camilla spills out onto wrap-around terraces that are furnished for lounging, dining and gazing at the divine sea views. In pride of place, also looking out to sea, sits the sensuously curvaceous half-moon infinity pool, the perfect spot in which to relax completely. As the day comes to an end and the sun begins its descent, you might find yourselves gravitating towards the roof terrace, from where, with drink in hand, you can salute the setting sun and look forward to a balmy, moonlit evening ahead.

 

Think About

The extensive grounds of Villa Camilla are delimited by low dry stone walls, so we recommend younger children are supervised by an adult when exploring the property.
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